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Example 7

Find the values of x for which the function f (x) = x3 - 12x + 5 is (I) decreasing and (II) increasing.

Solution : f (x) = x3 - 12x + 5

\ f ' (x) = 3x2 - 12

= 3 (x2 - 4)

Now ' f ' is decreasing if f ' (x) < 0

i.e. 3 (x2 - 4) <0

i.e. (x2 - 4) < 0

i.e. x2 < 4

i.e. -2 < x < 2

\ f (x) decreases in (-2, 2)

Similarly 'f ' increases if f ' ( x ) > 0

i.e. 3(x2 - 4 ) > 0

i.e. x2 > 0

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Example 8

Show that f (x) = x3 - 6x2 + 15x + 7 is always increasing.

Solution : f (x) = x3 - 6x2 + 15x + 7

\ f ' (x) = 3x2 - 12x + 15

= 3 (x2 - 4x +5 )

\ f ' (x) = 3 [ x2 - 4x + 4 + 1]

= 3 [ (x -2)2 + 1 ]

Now 3 [ (x - 2)2 + 1] > 0 for all x

\ f ' (x) > 0 for all x

\ f (x) is always increasing

Index

5.1 Tangent And Normal Lines
5.2 Angle Between Two Curves
5.3 Interpretation Of The Sign Of The Derivative
5.4 Locality Increasing Or Decreasing Functions 5.5 Critical Points
5.6 Turning Points
5.7 Extreme Value Theorem
5.8 The Mean-value Theorem
5.9 First Derivative Test For Local Extrema
5.10 Second Derivative Test For Local Extrema
5.11 Stationary Points
5.12 Concavity And Points Of Inflection
5.13 Rate Measure (distance, Velocity And Acceleration)
5.14 Related Rates
5.15 Differentials : Errors And Approximation All Contents Copyright © All rights reserved.
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